Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sock it to me!

Two books on toe-up sock knitting, one Craftsy class, a million you-tube videos-$60.
Yarn purchased many years ago, then lost, then found and waiting to be used-$20.

Yarn purchased on sale at Michael's and used for these socks-$12.
Knitting needles is various sizes and lengths because I didn't know what to use-$50.
First pair of socks knit(knitted?) by me!!!!-$$$ Priceless $$$ !!!
 Who am I kidding!! These suckers cost me a fortune! 
I've discovered that I cannot learn sock knitting from a book! Everything I learned was from you-tube videos, although the Craftsy class was good too. However, you-tube is free!
I used the magic loop which I really liked, as the double pointed needles tried to kill me on several occasions while trying to bend them into submission.
We had issues about who was in charge......I lost -(
Also, I should do swatches! While my socks fit just fine, I could have easily knit them quite a bit smaller and made use of the nylon in the yarn. They will probably stretch horribly after wearing them longer than an hour!
Not a big fan of short rows! I kept picking up the wraps wrong or something! The heel looks funny!
I did however, make my own sock blockers! Yay for that! Saved a few bucks!
For my next pair I will try a different method, and will also try two a a time!!
I do plan to make more considering how much I have invested in them already!
Something to do while watching Downton Abbey on Sunday nights!

24 comments:

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said...

LOL. This cracked me up. But go you! The socks are fabulous - the stripes are soooo funky. I am celebrating your fabulous win and wish you all the best for the second (and millionth) pair. Yippee!!!

CitricSugar said...

Laughing here (with you, I hope!) YAY!! Good for you! I've done socks on double-points and two at a time on circs but regardless that first pair is just so darn satisfying!! Woohoo! They look fantastic!

Short rows get easier and make more sense with practice and time. And you will use all those different needles in the future. I truly believe that. :-) And yay for Downton Abbey!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

They are so cute! I envy your sock making talent. It would take me forever to learn. : )

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

and you can knit too !!! WOW!

Carla said...

Good for you. Socks are fun, and everyone loves them!

Happy Scrappy said...

Ha ha priceless indeed ! Well done !! :-)

Dianne Neale said...

Well done, I know that feeling as I've just finished my first pair and started my second last night. I've not blocked mine though.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I LOVE YOUR SOCKS!! Those are by far THE BEST and coolest socks I have ever seen - the yarn is awesome! My feet would be very happy feet with a pair of socks like those! I would smile all day - as I am sure you are doing 'coz you have awesome socks!!!

Karen said...

Love the story to go with the socks. I think we have all been down this path on more than one occasion!
I think the socks look great and can't wait for the next pair! Each pair reduces the cost per item - keep knitting!!!

Nat at Made in Home said...

So funny and this why I have never actually knitted socks!

Tabatha said...

I love your socks!! I think you did a great job! Socks seem to be all the rage lately. ;D

Celtic Thistle said...

Socks rock! Yours are gorgeous, well done you!

Jess said...

Lol, this totally cracked me up too! They look fantastic - although you've completely put me off ever attempting sock knitting (not that I'm any good at any type of knitting anyway!?!)

gpc said...

They are beautiful - it's something I'd really really love to learn to do but soooo intimidating!

Cindy Sharp said...

Awesome! Well done.

doodlebugmom said...

love that stripey goodness!

Annie said...

Patti, I love your pricey priceless socks! Such great colors and a really fun stripe!

Kristie said...

Lol! That is pretty much how knitting goes for me, too. But I love it just the same :) GREAT socks!

Heather D. said...

Hey, look at you!! That's fantastic. I've made socks myself so know that it's not an exercise in frugality. :)

Colleen said...

Your story reminds me of my husband's shirt. I decided to make him a shirt on my old Kenmore, and was having a lot of trouble sewing the denimy fabric I had chosen. So, I went out and bought a Bernina. I told him it was a $2000 shirt!

I love your socks, and hopefully, like me and my Bernina, you'll get lots more use out of the needles and book.

Erica said...

The socks are wonderful! I really want to learn to knit specifically so I can make socks. The yarn I see for knitting socks - swoon! I think it could become like my fabric addiction...congratulations on a great finish!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oh well done! I never got the hang of knitting. Mother and mother-in-law both tried to reach me, but I'll have to stick o fabric!

Janine said...

Your socks are fantastic and this post made me laugh! I'm guessing you didn't want a new car/to pay off your mortgage anyway lol!

Heather A said...

Hahahahaha! If you keep making socks at this price, you might have to change your blog title to "Gone Back To Work So I Can Knit"!

24 comments:

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said...

LOL. This cracked me up. But go you! The socks are fabulous - the stripes are soooo funky. I am celebrating your fabulous win and wish you all the best for the second (and millionth) pair. Yippee!!!

CitricSugar said...

Laughing here (with you, I hope!) YAY!! Good for you! I've done socks on double-points and two at a time on circs but regardless that first pair is just so darn satisfying!! Woohoo! They look fantastic!

Short rows get easier and make more sense with practice and time. And you will use all those different needles in the future. I truly believe that. :-) And yay for Downton Abbey!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

They are so cute! I envy your sock making talent. It would take me forever to learn. : )

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

and you can knit too !!! WOW!

Carla said...

Good for you. Socks are fun, and everyone loves them!

Happy Scrappy said...

Ha ha priceless indeed ! Well done !! :-)

Dianne Neale said...

Well done, I know that feeling as I've just finished my first pair and started my second last night. I've not blocked mine though.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I LOVE YOUR SOCKS!! Those are by far THE BEST and coolest socks I have ever seen - the yarn is awesome! My feet would be very happy feet with a pair of socks like those! I would smile all day - as I am sure you are doing 'coz you have awesome socks!!!

Karen said...

Love the story to go with the socks. I think we have all been down this path on more than one occasion!
I think the socks look great and can't wait for the next pair! Each pair reduces the cost per item - keep knitting!!!

Nat at Made in Home said...

So funny and this why I have never actually knitted socks!

Tabatha said...

I love your socks!! I think you did a great job! Socks seem to be all the rage lately. ;D

Celtic Thistle said...

Socks rock! Yours are gorgeous, well done you!

Jess said...

Lol, this totally cracked me up too! They look fantastic - although you've completely put me off ever attempting sock knitting (not that I'm any good at any type of knitting anyway!?!)

gpc said...

They are beautiful - it's something I'd really really love to learn to do but soooo intimidating!

Cindy Sharp said...

Awesome! Well done.

doodlebugmom said...

love that stripey goodness!

Annie said...

Patti, I love your pricey priceless socks! Such great colors and a really fun stripe!

Kristie said...

Lol! That is pretty much how knitting goes for me, too. But I love it just the same :) GREAT socks!

Heather D. said...

Hey, look at you!! That's fantastic. I've made socks myself so know that it's not an exercise in frugality. :)

Colleen said...

Your story reminds me of my husband's shirt. I decided to make him a shirt on my old Kenmore, and was having a lot of trouble sewing the denimy fabric I had chosen. So, I went out and bought a Bernina. I told him it was a $2000 shirt!

I love your socks, and hopefully, like me and my Bernina, you'll get lots more use out of the needles and book.

Erica said...

The socks are wonderful! I really want to learn to knit specifically so I can make socks. The yarn I see for knitting socks - swoon! I think it could become like my fabric addiction...congratulations on a great finish!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Oh well done! I never got the hang of knitting. Mother and mother-in-law both tried to reach me, but I'll have to stick o fabric!

Janine said...

Your socks are fantastic and this post made me laugh! I'm guessing you didn't want a new car/to pay off your mortgage anyway lol!

Heather A said...

Hahahahaha! If you keep making socks at this price, you might have to change your blog title to "Gone Back To Work So I Can Knit"!